Chong Kok Boon

Dr Chong is a physicist specialising in condensed matter. He completed his PhD at Queen Mary University of London and worked at several universities in the UK prior to relocating back to Malaysia. He is involved in a number of international consortium projects in nuclear energy research, and has served as panellist for UK, USA, China and European Research Council. He was recently appointed as an overseas expert to assist Chongqing SAR in research and development infrastructure, especially in human capital training. He is currently an Ambassador of Academic and Research Partnerships at Sunway University, Malaysia.

Derek Kok

Derek is a Research Associate whose research interests cover the interactions between law, politics and social policy. Before joining the Institute, Derek was an analyst at a Malaysian think tank, where he researched and developed policy interventions on violent extremism in Malaysia. Derek holds an LLB with first class honours from the University of Liverpool and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue an LLM in Transnational Law at King’s College London, where he graduated with distinction. Derek is the lead research associate for chronic malnutrition under the SDG Indicator project.

Aniq Izzat Ishak

Aniq is a Research Assistant at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. His work at the Institute focuses on Malaysian higher education research. He works closely with Prof Ghauth Jasmon to organise seminars and public lectures on the subject. Before joining the JCI, he worked for Zalora, Malaysia’s largest online shopping company. He graduated from Multimedia University in Business Administration (Honours) majoring in Management with Multimedia, and is currently pursuing his MBA at University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Ooi Kee Beng

Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng is a Senior Fellow of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. He is also the Executive Director of the Penang Institute, before which, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for five years. He is the founder-editor of Penang Monthly and ISSUES (Penang Institute) and ISEAS Perspective and Trends in Southeast Asia (ISEAS). He writes regularly for The Edge Malaysia, and other periodicals in the region. His The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2007), won the “Award of Excellence for Best writing published in book form on any aspect of Asia (non-fiction)” at the Asian Publishing Convention Awards 2008. The book was turned into a musical by the Kuala Lumpur Performance Arts Centre, titled “Ismail: The Last Days”, performed in August 2008 at KLPAC. It won seven theatre awards in 2009.

Woo Wing Thye

Professor Woo heads both the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. He is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Davis. He also holds academic appointments at Penang Institute, Fudan University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Columbia University, and Australian National University. His research focuses on Asian economies, notably China, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has written extensively on Sustainable Development, the middle-income trap, globalization and international governance architecture, macroeconomic and exchange rate management, and regional economic disparity. In 1997-1998, Professor Woo served as a special advisor to the U.S. Treasury in 1997-1998, and headed the Asia Competitiveness Report 1999 to analyse the Asian financial crisis for the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was a Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations from 2002-2005, and serves on the governing board of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which has more than 1,100 member organizations. Prof Woo appears regularly in international media, and is a contributor to Project Syndicate and East Asia Forum.